Commenting on the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on life expectancy across the UK published today (Wednesday), Midlands TUC Regional Secretary Rob Johnston said:
“The growing life expectancy divide is a stark warning to a government intent on forcing people to retire later.
Life expectancy in deprived areas of the UK is increasing at half the pace of the wealthiest parts of London and the South of England.
The Government’s plans for accelerating the state pension age may sound plausible for the elite in Kensington and Chelsea but it is a frightening prospect to the millions of people here in the Midlands.
Our region was the hardest hit during the recession. Families are struggling to pay their bills and battling against falling into poverty. This is just yet further evidence that the Government needs to think through the full consequences of their pension plans”